The Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan-Smith has criticised the retirement of Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, saying that all members of team GB should aim to continue professional competition until at least seventy five years of age, preferably longer.
He explained, “Given the strain on the pensions bill, we really don’t need any more of these thirty year olds bandying about words like ‘retirement’ . It could give all those nurses, teachers and other trouble-makers ideas.”
Despite clearly respirating and speaking to reporters, Hoy claimed to have “used every last ounce of energy and effort” at the London Olympics last summer, adding that to continue professional racing was “a bit too much like hard work.”
Hoy plans to live off the funds raised by smelting his formidable collection of gold medals.